Healthcare Consolidation Continues

beaumontHealthcare consolidation was very active in 2014 and I expect 2015 will bring more activity as health systems look at long term strategies for growth and operating under the new rules applied by the Affordable Care Act.    The question at hand is will mega system be the wave of the future and how will that impact costs for the consumer when these mega system monopolize market-share?

Integration of cultures from different hospitals will also challenge these larger mergers as they look to compete.

The latest merger to impact the Michigan market was the formation of Beaumont Health which includes the integration for the following systems:  Beaumont, Oakwood and Botsford.